Former Pakistani first-class cricketer Zafar Sarfraz has died from COVID-19. Zafar has succumbed to the novel coronavirus at Lady Reading Hospital late Monday, according to a story in geo.tv.
The 50-year-old is Pakistan’s first professional cricket player to succumb to coronavirus, after a positive test last Tuesday. Over the past three days, hospital officials said, he had been on a ventilator.
Zafar, a left-handed batter and slow left-hand orthodox bowler, played first-class cricket from 1988 to 1994 and from 1990 to 1992 on List A cricket.
He made 616 runs for Peshawar from 15 first-class games and also had 96 runs from six one-day games before retiring in 1994 and going on to coach both the senior and the Peshawar Under-19 teams in the mid 2000s.
Zafar was the brother of late Pakistan’s international cricketer Akhtar Sarfraz, who scored 66 runs in four innings between December 1997 and October 1998.
Great Pakistani squash player Azam Khan had also died at the age of 95 from novel coronavirus last month. Azam, who won four straight British Open titles from 1959-62, was infected with COVID-19 in March and breathed his last at Ealing Hospital in London.
To date, Pakistan has over 5,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus, and 96 deaths.